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The best value in graduate school is a master’s degree from FHSU.






FHSU’s online master’s degree programs in business and education are rated Best Online Programs in the U.S. by U.S.News & World Report. No other school in Kansas ranked as highly. At the same time, tuition for these premier programs is in the lowest 2% in the country.




Tiger value doesn’t stop there. We know that going back to school with career and perhaps family responsibilities is a major commitment of time and resources. Personalized advising and committed faculty will keep you on track.

Move ahead in your career with a top-ranked master’s degree from Fort Hays State University.

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2013-2014 ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Council Marcella “Marcy” Aycock ’84, Ph.D., Sedgwick, President Stephanie Bannister ’92, Manhattan, Ph.D., Awards & Recognition Chair Dennis Spratt ’71, Lawrence, Chapter Development Chair Daron Jamison ’03, ’03, Hays, Finance & Operations Chair Tracy Metzger ’96, Hutchinson, Membership & Marketing Chair Mary Martin ’91, Ph.D., Hays, At-large Member Diane Scott ’88, ’90, Ph.D., Broomfield, Colo., At-large Member

2013-14 Alumni Board Members Jon Armstrong ’96, ’08, Hays Molly Aspan ’00, Tulsa, Okla. Josh Biera ’92, Garden City Monte Broeckelman ’92, Beloit Tim Chapman, Hays LeaAnn Curtis ’76, ’82, Topeka Rich Dreiling ’69, Wichita Chad Fowler ’99, Andale Eric Grospitch ’93, ’97, Ph.D., Lenexa Mitch Hall ’05, Anthony Curtis Hammeke ’85, ’93, Hays Edward Hammond, Ph.D., Hays Mike Koener ’00 ’05, Hays Kevin Moeder ’82, La Crosse Denise Riedel ’86, Overland Park Ken Ruder ’62, Ph.D., Petersburg, Ky. Charles “Chuck” Sexson ’72, Topeka Twilla Wanker ’57, Holly Ranch, Texas David “Dave” Voss ’80, ’82, Colby Barry Yoxall ’81, ’82, Phillipsburg Italic indicates ex-officio member.

FHSU MAGAZINE Production Staff DeBra Prideaux ’86, ’92, Publisher Kent Steward ’02, Editor Kurt Beyers, Copy Editor Hayley Bieker, Director of Communications & Marketing, Foundation Suzanne Klaus ’02, ’08, Copy Editor Ryan Prickett ’03, ’05, Sports Editor Mary Ridgway ’99, Creative Director Mitch Weber ’81, Photographer FHSU Magazine is published three times a year (Fall, Spring, Summer) by the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. Subscriptions are by dues paying membership in the Alumni Association with the exception of the Summer issue, which is complimentary to all FHSU alumni. Bulk postage paid at Fulton, Mo. –­­ Permit No. 38. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the FHSU Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767. ADVERTISING: For 2014-15 advertising rate cards and placement information, contact the FHSU Alumni Association via e-mail,, or call 785-628-4430 or 1-888-351-3591. © 2014 All rights reserved. Views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the official position of Fort Hays State University or the Alumni Board of Directors.



Volume 16, No. 3


CAMPUS NEWS 4 Mirta Martin, new FHSU president, takes reins on July 1 5 Shooting team wins ACUI championship 6 Hammond Hall dedicated in China 7 Fort Hays State ranks top for quality and affordability FEATURES 8 College of Health and Life Sciences from A to Z 8 Snake wranglers! 10 Nursing goes hands-on in Latin America 11 Language clinics: Learning while helping 12 Faculty-students-community: Making a difference 13 Addressing food insecurity



p8 ON THE COVER The College of Health and Life Sciences, reaching into the depth and breadth of immersive learning, touches all types of students and alumni through their respective departments. Andy Stanton ’93, ’97, Hays, illustrates the various building blocks of the college in this issue’s cover.

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CAMPUS NEWS Mirta Martin, new FHSU president, takes reins on July 1 The future of the presidency at Fort Hays State University will pass July 1 into the hands of Dr. Mirta M. Martin, who is leaving Virginia State University for FHSU. “The future of the nation lies in the pursuit of academic excellence,” she said at her announcement May 2. She continued, “Progress is not possible without vision, leadership and trust. As your president, my priority is to enable you to become your best self. It is to give you the resources to continue to be excellent, and the skills, and the training to be successful. It is to be fair, accessible and transparent. It is to embrace shared governance and lead decisively. It is to attract new investors to the university and to be its greatest advocate.” The campus and community now wait to see how that will work out in the months and years ahead as the 27 years of leadership under Dr. Edward H. Hammond give way to hers. She also brings leadership experience in banking and education. The Kansas Board of Regents named Martin as the university’s ninth president in a special meeting in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. Martin will begin her presidency on July 1. Her introduction was greeted with a loud cheer from the crowd of about 400 who came to see the new president. “We will continue to hold true to what makes us unique – a forward thinking, world ready university; our student-centered values,” Martin assured the audience. “Selecting a president is about identifying the person that fits the university,” said Fred Logan, chair of the Regents. “In assessing the candidates, we focused on who would embrace and enhance the traditions and achievements of Fort Hays State University. The Kansas Board of Regents is fully supportive of this new president and the direction she will lead Fort Hays State University into the future.” Martin (her first name is pronounced MEER-tah) was born in Havana, Cuba. She has served as dean of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State


University, Richmond, since 2009. She has also held various higher education leadership positions throughout her career such as special assistant to the chancellor, executive vice president and associate dean, among other positions. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va., and a Bachelor of Science from Duke University, Durham, N.C. In 2009, Dr. Martin was appointed to serve on the Virginia Council on Women; in 2010 she was appointed to serve on Virginia’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment; and in 2011 she was appointed as a member of the State Board for Virginia’s Community Colleges. She received the 2013 Metropolitan Business League Humanitarian Award for Educational Excellence, was a 2012 alumni inductee in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and in 2009 was acknowledged as the first female Hispanic dean in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Dr. Mirta Martin is the personification of the American dream,” said Logan. “She has been successful in every challenge she has ever faced. She will be successful at Fort Hays State University.” Following the Board’s announcement, Martin and her husband, John, were introduced to members of the FHSU and Hays

The university, said Hays Daily News Publisher Patrick Lowry in an editorial May 4, “needed a trail-blazer to follow Hammond’s 27-year tenure – and it found one in Martin.” He quoted her introductory remarks: “I believe my selection as president is an affirmation of the Regents’ and Fort Hays State University’s commitment to entrepreneurial leadership, opportunity, diversity and innovation.” Lowry, no doubt speaking for many in the FHSU and Hays communities, cited the list of challenges facing the university, among them the goal of 20,000 students, a proposed university branch in Dodge City and expansion overseas. He cited her passion and enthusiasm for education in general and Fort Hays State in particular as reasons to look forward with anticipation. “The community should exend open arms, as the Board of Regents has chosen wisely,” Lowry said. He ended, “Even before we say good-bye to Ed Hammond, we offer a warm hello to Mirta Martin.”

communities during a reception. The announcement of Martin came after five months of work by the FHSU Presidential Search Committee. Members of the committee received public recognition for their efforts.


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Wind turbines blow away

Shooting team wins ACUI championship Fort Hays State University shooters broke 2,199 clay targets out of 2,330 to win the Division II Collegiate Clay Target Championships at the national competition of the Association of College Unions International in San Antonio this spring. The FHSU Shooting team won International Trap and American Trap, took second in American Skeet, International Skeet and Five-Stand and fourth in Sporting Clays. Team events are not divided by gender. In individual events, two FHSU shooters got perfect scores. Damian Giles, North Platte, Neb., graduate student, broke 100 targets in American Skeet and finished second in the shoot off, and Ashley Nau, Gering, Neb., senior, broke 100 targets in American Trap and finished first in the shoot off. Giles finished second in the combined American Trap and Skeet events, breaking 199 out of 200 targets. Nau also finished first in combined American Trap and Skeet, breaking 197 out of 200 targets. Giles and Austin Svoboda, Burwell, Neb., freshman, were named NRA All Americans. This is Giles’ third consecutive year as an NRA All American. Dr. Duane Shepherd ’94, associate professor of health and human performance and team coach, said, “This year was the biggest national championship ever, with over 600 students from over 75 schools nationwide.” For clay target shooters, special International Skeet and International Trap competitions were sponsored by USA Shooting, the governing body for the U.S. Olympics shooting teams. Kilee Hutchison, Pratt senior, and Josh Crankshaw, North Platte, Neb., sophomore, placed second in Olympic Bunker Trap. Robert Ring, Springfield, Colo., senior, placed fourth in Olympic Bunker Trap and Giles placed fourth in Olympic International Skeet. ACUI shooting divisions are based on the number of shooters, not the size of the school.

When a pair of two-megawatt wind turbines went online for Fort Hays State University in fall 2013, the wind blew in a little cultural change to add to the energy savings: Summer hours will no longer be necessary. Several years ago, the university instituted special hours during the summer to save on energy costs. At first, the summer meant, for most departments on campus, four nine-hour days and a fourhour Friday. Then the campus was shut down for the weekend. A few years later, more savings became necessary, and summer hours meant four 10-hour days, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a half-hour lunch. The result was a savings in energy costs of between $100,000 and $200,000 over the summer. Now, with the two wind towers generating savings of between $600,000 and $1 million a year, shutting down the campus for extended weekends during the hottest part of the year will save nothing. Hours this summer: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a half-hour for lunch, for all departments.

Aruba Networks enhances wireless network Fort Hays State University now has a greatly enhanced infrastructure that delivers high-quality wireless connectivity throughout the campus. The enhanced system, developed with Aruba Networks Inc., supports continuing innovation in the classroom and the learning experience at FHSU. Aruba is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprises. A new Aruba 802.11ac network has replaced the 802.11n wireless infrastructure on the FHSU campus. The new network, the first all-802.11ac infrastructure deployed by an institution of higher education, enables FHSU to accommodate the proliferation of mobile and wireless devices being used on campus. The network also supports classroom technologies such as streaming video while delivering enhanced performance for both 802.11ac and 802.11n devices. Dr. David Schmidt, director of computing and telecommunications, described the process of updating the wireless network at FHSU. “With this upgrade, we have 491 access points in 38 buildings,” he said. “When the Center for Networked Learning comes on line for the fall semester, we will have more than 500 access points in 39 buildings. This means wireless access should be available just about anywhere on campus using just about any wireless device.” He said the new Aruba network offers up to 30-percent faster and more efficient performance.


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Hammond Hall dedicated in China Fort Hays State University and Sias International University in Xinzheng, China, have blazed a partnership that has become the envy of higher education institutions across the United States. The partnership started in the year 2000 as an experiment. FHSU now has about 3,400 students enrolled in cross-border programs in China. Students and faculty from Hays and from China regularly travel to each other’s country to study and teach. Xinzheng and Hays have forged an official Sister City relationship. In addition to the FHSU students in China, another 300-plus Chinese citizens study on the campus in Hays. Over the course of the partnership, FHSU has graduated about 7,000 students from Sias and its additional partner universities that have been added in China. To recognize the extraordinary partnership, and to honor Dr. Edward Hammond on the eve of his retirement after 27 years as FHSU president, officials at Sias have announced plans to rename a building on the Xinzheng campus in his honor. Since the Chinese students began earning FHSU degrees about a dozen years ago, President Hammond has traveled to China in late May and early June each year to personally hand out diplomas, just as he does at every FHSU Commencement in Hays. Dr. Shawn Chen, the founder of Sias, said “Hammond Hall” would be officially dedicated during the president’s visit in May. In addition, a “museum” will be established in the entrance of the building to recognize President Hammond’s key role in establishing the partnership between the two universities.

FHSU students excel in robotics competition Underwater robots and roller coasters recently challenged 10 Fort Hays State University students at the 76th International Technology and Engineering Educators Association National Conference and the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) competitions in Orlando, Fla. The FHSU teams competed in the Transportation, Problem Solving, Manufacturing and Technology competitions. In total, 16 universities were represented at the conference. The Transportation Competition required students to conceptualize and design a transportation device for optimal efficiency. This year’s event simulated a burst offshore oil rig leaking oil into the ocean. To save the ocean and the environment, a cap must be placed on the well as quickly as possible. Evaluation is based on team performance, safety, craftsmanship of design, documentation of design efforts and the quality of the product. The competition also includes an oral multimedia presentation and review by industry professionals. Jill Parker, a teacher at Elizabeth Middle School, Colorado, was at the ITEEA conference to receive the Teacher Excellence Award for Colorado. After watching the FHSU team compete, she wrote in a letter to President Edward Hammond, “Most of the robots were predictable in their design, but the Fort Hays students had a design like no other. Their design with the electromagnet and their teamwork was incredible to watch and successful above all others.” While other teams simply hooked the cap from the robot, the FHSU team wired electromagnets to attach the cap to the front of the ROV. Then they programmed a command button on the remote that would release the cap directly onto the PVC pipe. Using electromagnets to control the dropping of the cap allowed for better control and precision, resulting in consistent success regardless of where the pipe was placed within the pool. The team also wired LED lights on the front and back of the submarine to help combat the water deflection angle. The team placed second overall. The Problem Solving Competition allowed students to showcase their design, problem solving and creativity skills. The problem to solve was announced on site and students were given 24 hours to complete it. This year’s competition was a technology and engineering design challenge that required students to design a realistic roller coaster. FHSU placed second. In the Manufacturing Competition, students designed, documented and implemented a continuous manufacturing system. The team placed second overall. The Technology Competition was in the form of a quiz bowl, featuring a doubleelimination process. Questions were announced on site. This competition gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about core technology concepts.


Changing the guard After 13 years of service, Dr. Elmer Finck will step down from the chair position in the Department of Biological Sciences to return to faculty. Dr. Greg Farley, a 17-year veteran of the department, will assume the chair position. The good news is that Farley is well known within the college and across campus as an outstanding teacher/scholar. The bad news, Farley will reduce his role as a teacher/scholar to assume the administrative responsibilities associated with the chair position. After 10 years on the faculty and a semester as the interim chair of the Department of Nursing (spring 2013), Dr. Christine Hober has completed her first year as the department chair, overseeing numerous initiatives and providing leadership to a complex department that has grown 35 percent since 2010 and has simulation enhancement, curriculum revision and new academic program development in view. Dr. Jayne Brandel, in her fifth year on the faculty, follows Amy Finch as chair of the Department of Communications Disorders. She has the department continually advancing to meet the needs of students and the clients served through the Geneva Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and the various clinical affiliations throughout the country. “The College of Health and Life Sciences is excited to have such outstanding individuals assuming the chair responsibilities, and we appreciate their willingness to provide outstanding vision, leadership, and energy to the departments they serve,” said Dr. Jeff Briggs ’83, ’84, dean of the college.


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SGA goes virtual The Fort Hays State University Virtual College is teaming up with the Student Government Association to allow virtual students on-campus opportunities. The Virtual College Students Advisory Committee will provide a better alternative for virtual student feedback and participation in the life of the university. The committee members will use the video conferencing tool Skype for meetings, while members without webcams can phone in. Students will be able to contact committee members through email. The committee plans to have a social media presence in the future. “Our online students are the ones in the trenches,” said Kathleen Dougherty, Virtual College online student communication strategist. “It is much better to hear opinions at a meeting than trying to evaluate a survey.” The Advisory Committee is comprised of FHSU staff, a student government liaison, eight Virtual College students and two members from each of the four academic colleges. Five students are from Kansas while three others are out-of-state, one each from Idaho, North Carolina and Ohio.

Sebelius Lecture series a success The inaugural year of the Sebelius Lecture series at Fort Hays State University – inviting nationally recognized leaders to campus to speak on topics of national or global importance and controversy – was a success, drawing a total of 1,650 people to the first two events. The first event, “The Proper Role of Government in a Free Society,” a bipartisan debate in November featuring former presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Howard Dean, drew around 850 people to the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Santorum and Dean looked at the next few years of the Obama administration, providing a rousing debate on a wide variety of topics from the economy to healthcare. Another 800 people came to see “Karl Rove: America’s Challenges” in April. With more than two decades of experience in the political arena, Rove was known as President George W. Bush’s chief political strategist and is a political commentator for Fox News. Rove spoke about the challenges facing America, the current climate and leadership in Washington, D.C., and the challenges facing health care in America. The lecture series is sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, the Student Government Association, and the Office of the President. For more information, visit

Rick Santorum, Kent Steward ’02, FHSU Director of University Relations, moderator, and Howard Dean.

Save the date: Aug. 23 2014 Tiger Auction & Dinner Make plans to be at the Tiger Auction and Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Memorial Union on the campus of Fort Hays State University. More than $220,000 was raised at the 2013 Auction and Dinner with proceeds of the event benefitting the FHSU Athletic Department. More than 450 Tiger fans were in attendance and the event was packed with over 300 items, both large and small. Check for more information on the 2014 Tiger Auction and Dinner as it comes available throughout the summer.

Fort Hays State ranks top for quality and affordability Fort Hays State University one of the elite universities in the nation for the quality of its online education programs, according to a just-completed survey by The U.S. News & World Report, a prominent national news magazine. Of equal importance, the online courses and degrees offered by Fort Hays State through its Virtual College are less expensive than every one of the universities that were ranked as high or higher than FHSU in the survey. The U.S. News & World Report, which produces one of the most popular general rankings of colleges and universities, released in January its third annual national rankings specifically for online education. As in the previous two years, FHSU was among the leaders out of the thousands of public and private universities in the United States. The news magazine evaluated online higher education in six categories: bachelor’s programs generally and master’s programs in business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology. FHSU offers online bachelor’s courses and master’s courses in business, education and nursing. Based on the statistical data provided to The U.S. News & World Report by FHSU, all four programs were rated highly: • For online bachelor’s degrees, FHSU ranked 16th. • For online master’s degrees in education, FHSU ranked 20th. • For online master’s degrees in business, FHSU ranked 64th. • For online master’s degrees in nursing, FHSU ranked 71st. Dennis King, director of the Virtual College, said, “We are in the lowest 1 percent nationally in terms of online tuition. This survey further proves our claim that FHSU students are getting a top tier education at the most affordable price.” It was the same story for online master’s of education. The cost per credit hour was $246 at FHSU. All the other universities were higher. Northern Illinois University was the closest at $342. All the rest ranged from $400 to $1,401 per credit hour.


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College of Health and Life Sciences:

Snake wranglers! Challenges lead to undergraduate opportunities and success in biological sciences

From A to Z

From agricultural business to zoology, the College of Health and Life Sciences is home to challenging and exciting fields of study with degree programs in the departments of Agriculture, Allied Dr. Jeff BrIggs ’83, ’84, Health, Biological Dean of College Sciences, Communication of Health and Life Disorders, Health and Sciences Human Performance, and Nursing. Each prepares students for careers in some of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States and around the world. In addition to discipline-specific courses, students have many opportunities to gain experience and knowledge through research projects, internships, teaching apprenticeships, service-learning activities, field trips and student exchanges. Faculty pursue these high-impact practices at every turn, resulting in a distinctive education in which student-driven projects, programs and experiences result in meaningful and lasting outcomes. Immersive and integrated learning allows students to become actively engaged, extends education beyond the classroom, and provides the bridge between theory and practice. Programs are designed to enrich the educational experience and enhance student learning outcomes, but the community also benefits. Students, citizens and communities are better as a result of these relationships. The accompanying stories provide some wonderful examples. Enjoy! 8

Dr. Bill Stark Biological Sciences Almost 30 students put in a lot of hard work over the last two summers, deploying a total of 17.5 tons of equipment and doing a lot of walking in pursuit of rattlesnakes, horned lizards and 45 other amphibian and reptile species. This large-scale effort in Barber, Comanche, Clark and Meade counties was part of a project with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to evaluate the conservation status of some of the most interesting but seldom encountered species. The project brought about $400,000 to Fort Hays State University. Student research is essential to a teaching institution such as FHSU and, over the last decade or so, we

have found getting students involved early in discovery-based scholarship is really tough to beat, not only as a way of learning, but as a resumé-building experience for the students. About 16 of these students worked full time – four graduate-student supervisors and a dozen or so undergraduate students – and ended up walking about a thousand miles during the chase. A project of this size requires using graduate students as co-mentors, and with near-peers as mentors, undergraduates become confident more rapidly. Dr. Rob Channell ’90, ’92, and I embarked on this large-scale effort in July 2011. We focused on reptiles and amphibians in


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“It was great to have the opportunity to work with so many people who all have such different emphases. Two summers of learning, immersion and quality research are irreplaceable in my memory. They afforded me the opportunity to develop my own research questions, present my own projects, and to learn and be surrounded by those who aim to make a difference in the field of biology. Working on this survey and gaining valuable field experience was a key factor in being awarded the Presidential Merit Scholarship for my graduate program.” – Adam Rusk, 2012

southwestern Kansas and how changes in land use and projected climate change might affect their distributions. On seven large ranches, working with some of the nicest and most magnanimous ranchers that I have had the pleasure to meet, we built arrays of funnel traps and fencing to capture reptiles and amphibians. Funnel traps are like 3-foot mouse traps: The snake or lizard passes through a narrowing funnel to a wire cage and then can’t find its way out. Coverboards made of sheets of plywood provide shelter, which attracts these animals. It is difficult to convey the amount of plain hard work that it takes to set up a project of this scale in this ruggedly beautiful terrain. Conservatively, we deployed 2.5 tons of wire fencing and coverboard material on each ranch, hauling some of it by ATV and much of it by hand. The traps were laid out in long, 3.5-mile lines. Students, working in fourto five-person teams, walked the traplines daily, forming skirmish lines to search the area within 400 yards on either side of the traplines. Team leaders were graduate students. I rotated among the teams and dealt with the inevitable surprises that are part of field research. During 2012 and 2013, we captured more than 2,900 animals representing

47 species, making careful measurements on size, maturity, sex and a battery of habitat characteristics. Students learned how to use field equipment, how to orienteer by GPS, how to organize large amounts of information, how to safely handle all manner of snakes and lizards, and generally how to thrive in harsh conditions (2012 was a horrific drought year). This was a serious commitment of time, sweat, blood and mental tenacity. Students had many unique experiences with charismatic species like the Texas horned lizard or “horny toad” – (Who doesn’t like these passive little creatures?), secretive species like the tiny New Mexico blind snake, and the truly beautiful longnose snake. Students lived and worked together for three months each summer, then collaborated to summarize information and present it at regional and international professional meetings. I witnessed the growth in maturity of both graduate and undergraduate students as they assumed ownership of more and more aspects of the project. I became increasingly less relevant to many aspects of daily operations, which allowed Rob and I to work more closely with individuals as they developed and designed investigations of their own that

Top left at title: a prairie rattler. Left: Kevin Klag, Kyle Broadfoot and Adam Rusk, students on the 2013 crew, hold a coachwhip snake.

“After working two years on the project, it is now easier to formulate a plan of action on my own thesis project. Without this project, I don’t think I’d be anywhere near where I am today. Having a job that actually pertains to what you’d like to do in the future is a priceless experience that every student should have the opportunity to pursue.” – Kasandra Brown, 2012

we could incorporate in the project. This may be the greatest success of the project – the level of growth and independence these students achieved. These are not unique opportunities in biology. We have faculty actively recruiting students for investigations in biotechnology, reproductive physiology, ecophysiology and plant stress, microbiology and antibiotic resistance, animal biology, and rangeland and conservation biology. Students have a bright future in the expanding challenges and opportunities of FHSU’s tradition of quality graduate education.

Top right: Students from the two 2013 teams, above, are, front row, Ariel Snyder (in the blue shirt), Jeff Seim, Brent Schultze and Nick Bulthaup; back row, Lisa Prowant, Adam Rusk, Kasandra Brown, Kyle Broadfoot. At right, from the top: a collared lizard; Klag weighs one of the animals; a Texas horned lizard, and a longnose snake.


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Nursing goes hands-on in Latin America By Kathleen R. Ward ’96, ’00, MSN, RN FHSU Associate Professor of Nursing Nursing is a uniquely hands-on learning experience in diverse clinical settings. Taking that clinical setting international to provide learning experiences advances this learning opportunity to a distinctively different level. The International Nursing Experience began in 2010 with seven students. These students experienced nursing care in five private hospitals at various locations in Brazil, and at a small public clinic on the island of Morro de Sao Paulo. Since 2010, the International Nursing Experience has been a summer course with excursions to Santiago and Easter Island, Chile, various locations in Italy and a medical mission in the Dominican Republic. Various levels of health care facilities have been encountered on these trips. Students have been able to participate in an open heart surgery on a 5-year-old boy in Sao Paulo and to provide nursing care in a post anesthesia care unit without all the specialized medical equipment available in the United States. In the latter, care was managed entirely through vigilant nursing assessment. Students have been able to visit public hospitals in Santiago, Chile, where all surgical patients are housed in one large room, where a surgical spine post-operative patient is in the bed next to a highly contagious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) patient.

The primary goal of an immersion into International Nursing Experiences is the initiation of cultural humility, learning about oneself through “walking in someone else’s shoes.” Critical to this understanding is placing oneself in the position of being in the minority with limited, at best, knowledge of the language. Students attend a one-credithour course covering the culture, major health concerns, living conditions and other aspects of the area to prepare them for what may be encountered. Even with this exposure, students are still overwhelmed with the conditions they actually experience once at the destination. Of all the international travels thus far, the excursion to the Dominican Republic in 2013 was by far the most rewarding and life changing. Students were able to come together with a group of healthcare providers from throughout the United States and Canada. The first day was spent either cleaning an antiquated, vacant operating room suite or dividing bottles of donated medicines into small plastic bags to dispense to the patients at the clinic sites. Volunteers were then assigned to either a clinic team or a hospital team, depending on their specialty. Since nursing is a component of both areas, the students were divided among the two teams. After a good night’s sleep in a cramped room with six small cots covered with mosquito nets and roosters crowing all night long, the group awakened at 6 a.m. to Christy Lane singing “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus.” After an invigorating cold shower and a Dominican Republic breakfast, the two teams headed off to their assigned destinations. The clinic team loaded supplies, which would provide care for dental, pharmacy and health teaching, and lunch, onto a big yellow bus.

The routine was to spend up to 90 minutes traveling the treacherous roads of the inner Dominican Republic. Upon reaching their destination, they unloaded the bus and set up a clinic in schools, churches, and private residences. Students at the clinic locations took patients’ admission vitals and health histories (with the help of translators). Others worked in the pharmacy dispensing medications and others taught the patients about their conditions and how to take the medication that had been prescribed. The nursing students on the hospital team manned the pre- and post-operative area of the surgical suite, with the help of translators to obtain necessary information before and after surgery. The mid-day meal consisted of ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies and a very sweet fruit drink. No matter the location or the weather, people traveled miles to come to the clinic and the hospital for medical care that is only available at limited times throughout the year. These people were the happiest and most gracious ever encountered by the students. The children loved the students and cried at the end of the day when the clinic packed up and departed. Back at the camp, an authentic Dominican evening meal was provided after which the students participated in a discussion of the day’s activities so that they could all learn from the other’s experiences. Through this experience friendships were developed, nursing skills heightened and cultural humility introduced. Students related how grateful they were that they live in the United States. After the week at the camp and caring for others less fortunate, the students spent a couple days at an all-inclusive resort. Every student voiced the wish that they were back at the camp waking up each morning to “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus” and caring for the people in the Dominican Republic.


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Language clinics: Learning while helping

Professional speech-language pathologists work in healthcare and educational settings, helping people of all ages who have an impaired ability with speech or communication skills. Fort Hays State University’s Department of Communication Disorders provides training for the people who will become these professionals, who will go on to help children in schools and people whose communication abilities have been damaged or have not developed properly. The department provides classroom education and a clinical training at sites on and off campus. Currently, each class has 18-20 graduate students who participate in courses as well as clinical experiences, said Dr. Jayne Brandel, department chair and assistant professor of communication disorders. “Healthcare facilities include long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, assisted living centers or rehabilitation settings, typically for people who have had a stroke or an accident that has impaired their speech or communication abilities,” she said. “The clients here have to meet a certain level of independence before they can be discharged.” One of the department’s clinical sites is the Good Samaritan Center of Hays, where students get hands-on training under the supervision of Jacque Jacobs, program specialist for the department. “Students are doing group activities to improve memory with residents at Good Samaritan one day a week and then work individually with some of the residents to improve their communication abilities,” she said.

Communication disorder professionals also work in acute care, said Brandel, where patients whose medical condition must be stabilized before they can be dismissed to a rehabilitation facility or home care. Professionals in the field also work in schools. “We work with children who have mild to severe disabilities,” said Brandel. She said the disabilities are of many kinds. Articulation disorders are such things as when a child can’t produce an “r” sound. Language disorders are when children have difficulty organizing stories or information sequentially, difficulty using correct grammar when speaking or writing or difficulty with reading comprehension. Fluency disorders include stuttering. Voice disorders can result from such things as abuse of the vocal cords because of yelling (as with cheerleaders or weightlifters). Maladies also include hearing disorders and others that prevent students from effective oral communication. “Some disorders cause them to need a device or other mode of communication,” she said. “For instance, iPads are becoming popular because apps are available that allow them to be used to speak for the students.” Some speech-language pathologists also work in private practice or for private agencies that contract with the states to provide services for children with disabilities. Off-campus educational clinical sites where communication disorder students get supervised training working with people who need those skills include Holy Family Elementary School in Hays and Sacred Heart Elementary School in Plainville. “Our students provide speech and language interventions to students at those schools and our graduate students work with preschoolers through sixth-graders outside of the classroom to improve their articulation of speech sounds and their language skills,” said Brandel. Recently the department has begun providing classroom instruction in a firstgrade classroom at Sacred Heart. Students have worked with the teacher during her language arts instruction period.

“During that time, our graduate students provide instruction regarding the parts of the story,” said Brandel. Intervention is hard to define, she said, “because this is child specific and varies a great deal.” For some, it is such things as pronouncing an “r” or improving on their organization of stories. The largest clinical opportunity in which students participate is the department’s Herndon Clinic in Albertson Hall on the university campus. There, students complete evaluations and intervention for patients who are toddlers in individual sessions as well as group sessions, said Brandel. “These clinical experiences allow students to take the content from class and apply them to clients in the Herndon Clinic, Holy Family, Sacred Heart and Good Samaritan,” said Brandel. For these students, the immersion in the field includes opportunities to interact with other professionals, to learn where the clients are struggling and to observe the clients in the environment where other professionals live and work. All this helps ensure that when the students are professionals in their own right, their interventions will have a positive impact on the daily lives of their clients. The Herndon Speech Language Hearing Clinic is the only university affiliated clinic in western Kansas. The Clinic’s nationally certified and licensed faculty provide evaluation and treatment in articulation, language and literacy, voice, fluency, dysphagia, cognition, hearing, accent modification and professional voice training. To learn more or to request services, contact 785-628-5366.


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Faculty-students-community: Making a difference By Tawnya Rohr, Administrative Specialist, College of Health and Life Sciences

Top: Cory Keehn, a Soldier junior majoring in health and human performance. He works in the Neuromuscular Wellness Center, shown here with Roger Mongeau. Middle: Kylene Cosand, Mankato graduate student in speech-language pathology, with Roger Mongeau. Bottom: Dr. Charmane Kandt, instructor of health and human performance, with Roger Mongeau.

Kirby and Roger Mongeau of Zurich are familiar faces in Albertson Hall and can often be found sitting in the foyer visiting with students. They joke about how they can pick out the freshmen each semester. They talk about how much they enjoy watching those students grow and change. The couple likes being around the students, and they look forward to their frequent visits to campus, but they are not here just to visit. Early on an April morning in 2008, their lives changed forever. Kirby, awakened by a noise, rose to discover Roger on the floor. He had suffered a stroke, which affected the side of his brain that controls communication and movement on the right side of his body. After hospitalization and a brief rehabilitation at the hospital, the couple’s insurance informed them that Roger’s rehab and therapy would no longer be covered. Privately paying for services at the hospital just was not an option. Because of the stroke, Roger was no longer able to work as sheriff, and Kirby had to become a full-time caregiver. Their income was cut drastically. “It’s a low blow to have your whole life just jerked away from you,” said Kirby. “Everything changed.” For many, the road to recovery may have ended there, but Roger was referred by a hospital therapist to FHSU’s Geneva Herndon Speech Language Hearing Clinic, housed in the Department of Communication Disorders, where he was able to continue his journey to regain what he had lost. Some experts believe that individuals will not progress after six months to a year of therapy. Jacque Jacobs, CCC SLP, a program specialist in the department, does not agree. She said that “as long as the client continues to be motivated, has family support and wants to improve, with those factors combined with therapy, I believe progress can continue for years.” “We see that,” she said. “We’ve seen it with Roger.” “This place has been a godsend,” said Kirby, with intensity and warmth. “I don’t know what we would have done without it. The progress Roger has made would not have been possible without the help of this clinic.” Roger is not the only one who benefits from the clinic. The clinicians focus not just on the patient, but also on the family, especially the caregiver. Because this is a learning clinic, the students, pursuing degrees in speech-language pathology, benefit greatly as well. Each semester, Roger works with a new student. Jacobs points out that the clients “understand that this is a teaching facility and they enjoy the fact that they are teaching.” The Mongeaus love the interaction that they have with the students and appreciate that, because of their participation, the students gain real experiences that they will take with them when they move into school and hospital settings when they begin their professional careers. In addition to individual and group therapy, both Roger and Kirby attend regular support group meetings facilitated by Herndon Clinic staff and students. They both feel that having that connection to others with similar struggles has really helped them and is a big part of the reason they have been able to continue therapy. “It isn’t always easy, and sometimes the progress is slow,” Kirby said. “The group members help each other. It’s something that they need.” She wants people to know that this program is available to anyone of any age who has a communication disorder, and that it is affordable. Roger has made strides physically as well. Through regular exercise at the Neuromuscular Wellness Center, supported by the Department of Health and Human Performance and directed by Dr. Charmane Kandt ’84, his balance and strength have improved and he has even regained some movement in his right arm and hand. Kandt, an instructor of health and human performance, stresses the importance of being active and notes that when individuals move and exercise, “their circulation improves, their metabolism increases and it is healing.” Kandt identifies the main goals of the center as being “mobility and fitness.” “He has come so far,” said Kirby. “Dr. Kandt is very good at working with people. She pushes them until she can tell they don’t want to be pushed anymore. I’ve seen so many people come here for the exercise and been amazed at their progress.”


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Addressing food insecurity By Dr. Jean A. Gleichsner Associate Professor of Agriculture Food Insecurity is not often associated with Kansas, the breadbasket of the world. The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” Students in classes offered by the Fort Hays State University Department of Agriculture are learning firsthand that food insecurity is an issue that not only the world faces but also the U.S., Kansas, Ellis County and FHSU. In fall 2012 and 2013, students in the Cereal, Fiber and Oil Crops class researched and presented information to the public about hunger. One in six Kansans, 15 percent of the population, faces food insecurity. In Ellis County, the food insecurity rate is 12.1 percent, or nearly 3,400 residents. During 2012 and 2013, the SWIPE Out Hunger campus food packaging events packaged more than 160,500 meals for both international and local food needs. The international meal contains rice, soy, freeze-dried beans and a vitamin blend that feeds six people. The local meal contains rice, soy, freeze-dried beans and powdered cheese that can be used to make a casserole for six people. Partial funding for the event was provided by the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and Kansas Campus Compact. Students in Cereal, Fiber and Oil Crops and in Principles of Feeding contributed to the campus food pantry, which opened in fall 2012 in Forsyth Library. The campus food pantry has been named the Tiger Food Exchange. It is a place where FHSU students, faculty and staff can exchange food, resources, knowledge, culture and information. The food pantry is open to anyone in need, and is operated on an honor system. In spring 2013, students in Agronomic Crop Diseases attended “From Harvest to the Hungry,” a three-week series of events related to how Kansans can fight hunger on a national and international scale. Organized by the Center for Civic Leadership at FHSU, the weekly subtopics were “The Face of Hunger,” “Kansas: A Food Production Giant,” and “How Can We Make a Difference?” Students wrote reflection papers on what they learned about hunger. Students in several agriculture courses helped pack “Bob Boxes.” Sponsored and endorsed by former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole, the program is aimed at ending senior hunger and helping seniors who often face difficult choices between paying medical and utility bills and buying food.

Student Jeff Jarvis pours soy protein in a bucket to take to the packet preparation area, where it is mixed with red beans and rice plus a cheese mix if the packages are for domestic use, or a vitamin packet for international use.

The future of anatomy education Beginning in fall 2014, the Department of Allied Health will start using a state-of-the-art computer system combined with software specifically designed for teaching anatomy without dissecting cadavers. Proprietary software will allow viewing radiological Dicom® images in three dimensions, found mostly in medical schools. FHSU’s installation will be the first of its kind in any medical diagnostic imaging program in Kansas. The technology will prepare medical imaging professionals for the advancing technology in medicine. BODYVIZ technology enhances two-dimensional textbook images, converting raw data from a typical CT or MRI to vivid 3D. Students will use a highly intuitive X-box® game controller to manipulate the actual patient data, which is unique to this system. Students can rotate, pan, zoom, clip, measure or slice rapidly through the anatomy. FHSU will also have the 3-D stereoscopic view that creates large-scale visualizations and will engage students in human anatomy like never before. The new technology also will increase exposure to radiologic imagery in the traditional lecture environment. Students will benefit from the increase in the quality of discussion and interpretation of anatomy, pathology and associated physiology. Learning assessments will detail more comprehensive anatomical spatial relationships. “The ability to take 2D anatomy and pathology and make it an engaging 3D experience unique to any CT/MRI case will be phenomenal,” said Brenda Hoopingarner, chair of the department and director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. “Students will be able to overcome the difficulty many have with mastering anatomical and spatial relationships and have a better comprehension of pathological processes.”

State-of-the-art lab facilities The Allied Health Department remains the leader in medical imaging education across the state and surrounding regions through acquisition of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Through a five-year strategic planning process, the department has successfully updated the conventional radiography system and acquired both computed and digital radiography units. Unlike most radiography programs, the radiology students are able to learn all three types of technology, making them very versatile as graduates. The sonography program also moved to a newly renovated space and acquired two more high-end ultrasound systems for a total of six units. This dedicated mediated classroom and laboratory provides an environment where students can readily implement scanning techniques. The faculty has worked to be progressive in the approach to offering realistic clinical environments. The top-notch facilities, which surpass most programs, enhance the students’ clinical preparation. This combination of equipment and facilities – unprecedented in traditional laboratory settings – and the instruction from dedicated faculty maintain FHSU’s competitive edge. 13

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Answer to two educational dilemmas turns out to be fun When Jeanne Rucker ’89 retired, elementary students at Washington School in Hays lost their daily physical education class. The school lost the position because the district just added Washington to a rotating schedule with the other schools. Meanwhile, Dr. Joyce Ellis ’79, ’98 was teaching future physical education teachers in her elementary physical education curriculum course, which is instruction in teaching methods and class management. For students to demonstrate the necessary skills, they had to develop a lesson plan and teaching activities to teach motor skills and movement concepts to the other students in the class. “Of course, this setting was not very realistic,” said Ellis. “College students do not normally behave like lower elementary children would.” Washington’s principal, Allen Park ’83, ’86, contacted the Department of Health and Human Performance. Park is a strong advocate for the benefits regular physical education, as are Ellis, an assistant professor of health and human performance, and Dr. Steven Sedbrook ’85, ’87, an associate professor. Ellis and Sedbrook are also

advocates for providing their students with training that is as realistic as possible. All three, along with Mark Watts ’78, ’81, another longtime physical education teacher in Hays, met to discuss the possibilities. The answer to both sets of problems turned out to be something that has come to be called “Funtastic Fridays.” Students in Ellis’s class and in Sedbrook’s secondary physical education methods class prepare age-appropriate activities and meet with students at Washington Elementary School from 9:30 to 11:30 on each Friday morning in the fall and from 9:30 to 10:30 in the spring. Washington students get the opportunity to have additional exercise and activity time each week. Students who have completed course work are allowed to come to the gym for activity. Under the supervision of Ellis and Sedbrook, FHSU students plan, implement and assess physical education activities. In the fall, Sedbrook’s students run the program. “Even though my students are working with younger students, our pre-service teachers get the opportunity to put theory

into practice,” said Sedbrook. “Our HHP students benefit by getting hands-on teaching experience with real students.” Ellis agrees. In the spring semester, her students conduct the program. “It’s a perfect fit for our students,” she said. “In addition, it’s service learning at its finest for my class.” In both the fall and spring, Ellis also utilizes elementary education students from her methods of elementary teaching class. In addition to a great laboratory experience, Ellis said, the service learning component is a large added value. “Service learning has always been important to me,” she said. “I believe students should learn to give back to their community.” Feedback from her HHP students, in the reflections they write about their participation, have confirmed the value for her. This project has been done as a university service learning project. “University students benefit greatly from the real-world, hands-on experience, and Washington Elementary school benefits from the additional activity time for the children,” she said.

Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University Kansas’ premier residential early-entry-to-college program for high school juniors and seniors. Students selected to the Academy earn a minimum of 68 hours of college credit in addition to graduating from high school. The deadline to apply is January 1 of the student’s sophomore year. For more information on the Academy or to schedule a visit, please contact us at: Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science 600 Park Street Hays, KS 67601

E-mail: (785) 628-4690 Phone (785) 628-4077 Fax


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In December of 2013, your Fort Hays State University Foundation announced the Power of One scholarship campaign, with a goal of raising $8 million by the end of 2014. The number one funding need at Fort Hays State is scholarship dollars, and every single dollar contributed to the Power of One scholarship campaign will directly benefit current and future students in need of financial support. Large or small, each and every gift will make a difference. An investment in Fort Hays State is an investment in education, an investment in Western Kansas, and an investment in the next generation of Tigers. Make a difference in the lives of FHSU students by visiting and making a scholarship gift today!

INVEST IN THE FUTURE Growth Fort Hays State University has been named the 3rd-fastest-growing university in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Success FHSU graduates are in high demand – 95% of students in the class of 2013 found jobs or chose to continue their education. Tradition There’s a culture of excellence at Fort Hays State. When we do something—to quote President Hammond—“we do it first class, or not at all.” Innovation With the landscape of education evolving, FHSU continues to be a forward-thinking leader in both on-campus and online instruction. Pride Tiger pride and enthusiasm are unwavering. Alumni and friends proudly carry FHSU black and gold throughout the Hays community, our state, and our country.

My parents always said that a single act of generosity can be the spark that lights up the world. They taught me to hold the door open for strangers, because one day, someone will hold a door open for me. That advice has stuck with me over the years. As a student, it is absolutely astonishing how many doors of opportunity are open at Fort Hays State University thanks to the support of donors. It means so much to know that there are former Tigers and friends out there helping us with our education. One day, I hope to be able to support the Tigers that will follow me. Every single dollar raised through the Power of One scholarship campaign WILL make a difference. Please consider making a gift. On behalf of all FHSU students, I can tell you that your support would mean the world to us. Thank you for all you do for Fort Hays State University. Go Tigers! Courtney Storer, Sophomore Radiologic Technology Student VIP Student Ambassador for FHSU | 785.628.5620



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ATHLETICS Tiger athletes win All-American honors Basketball Fort Hays State basketball players Craig Nicholson, Wichita, and Kate Lehman, Newton, were named All-Americans for the 2013-14 season. Nicholson helped the Tigers to a record of 22-8 overall and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while Lehman helped the Lady Tigers to a record of 21-8, the program’s third-straight 20-win season. Nicholson finished the season averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 assists per game at the point guard position. He shot 45.5 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line, setting a new single-season school record for free-throws made with 190. His 7.4 assists per game also set a new single-season record at FHSU and his 222 total assists were third most in a season in FHSU history. Nicholson scored in double figures in 25 of 30 games and dished out seven or more assists in 21 games. He posted four double-doubles in points and assists. Through two seasons at FHSU, Nicholson has 904 points and 414 assists. He already ranks third on the all-time assists list at FHSU. MBB_0331142526.aspx A 6’4” center, Lehman led NCAA Division II with 5.4 blocks per game (155 total) and two triple-doubles. Lehman’s points (16.5) and rebounds per game (11.2) average led the team in both categories as she totaled 20 double-doubles for the year.  She scored in double figures 25 times and hit the double-digit mark in rebounds 23 times. Additionally, Lehman had at least five blocks in 17 games. She set single-season school records in blocks, rebound average and free-throws attempted. She now has 374 blocks in her career and enters her senior year seventh all-time in NCAA Division II history. She is also the ninth-leading scorer in school history with 1,262 career points. Lehman is Fort Hays State’s first women’s All-America honoree in its NCAA Division II era, and the first since Annette Wiles ’91, ’93 earned the distinction for the 1989-90 season, when FHSU was a member of the NAIA.

Wrestlers Fort Hays State seniors C.J. Napier, Columbus, and Tanner Kriss, Colby, earned All-American honors for the 2013-14 season for their performance at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Napier finished fourth nationally at 141 pounds and Kriss finished sixth at 197 pounds. Napier won his first two matches at the championships before going 1-2 in his final three. He finished the year at 36-8 overall. Kriss also won his first two matches to reach the semifinals before falling in his next three. He finished the year at 17-12 overall. Napier and Kriss are the first All-Americans for Fort Hays State Wrestling since 2011. WREST_0315144944.aspx

Kinberger reaches 100 Fort Hays State head softball Coach Erin Kinberger ’09 reached her 100th career coaching win at Fort Hays State in just her third season guiding the Tigers. She reached the milestone on March 30, 2014, as Fort Hays State defeated Lindenwood University by a score of 5-2 in Hays. She guided the Tigers to the best season in program history in 2013 with a 47-12 record, winning the MIAA Tournament Championship and claiming the No. 1 seed in the Central Regional of the NCAA Tournament. As the top seed, Fort Hays State hosted the Central Regional at Tiger Stadium. Entering the 2014 season, Kinberger had a record of 78-31 at FHSU.

Herman named All-MIAA Fort Hays State men’s golfer Trey Herman, Hays, earned All-MIAA honors for the 2014 season. Herman finished second in the overall individual point standings for the year. He was the first All-MIAA selection for the men since 2011. Herman is the highest-ever finisher for FHSU in the point standings race. He was selected as an individual to compete in the NCAA Regional.

Pole vault Fort Hays State junior pole vaulter Brady Tien, Prairie View, earned AllAmerican honors for the 2014 indoor track and field season. Tien reached a new personal best indoor height of 16 feet, 4.75 inches and earned All-American honors by tying for sixth. For the 2014 outdoor season, he vaulted 16 feet, 6.75 inches at the Alex Francis Classic and ranks among the nation’s leaders.


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Mary Jo (Feaster) Taylor ’75,

Share your news with the Tiger community – we want to hear from you, be it new employment, honors, appointments and/or births so we can update your biographies and keep others informed about the important happenings in your lives. Send your news items and pictures, if available, to Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767, or email or fax 785-628-4191.



Robert “Bob” McClellan ’51,

Palco, was honored by the Kansas Livestock Association for 50 years of service.

1960s Sheila (Sloan) Frahm ’67, Colby, was featured in Ingram’s 50

Kansans You Should Know. Michael “Mike” Haas ’66, Hoxie,

retired as Sheridan County attorney after nearly 41 years of service. Michael “Mike” Kastle ’68, ’72, Parsons, was selected by the Kansas State High School Association to receive the National Federation of High Schools Award for Outstanding Service. Donald W. Kaufman ’65, ’67, Manhattan, was elected as a research fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Doloris (Pfeifer) Pederson ’68, Russell, exhibited two Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlands paintings in the juried 45th Annual Smoky Hill Exhibition at the Hays Arts Council. Nancy (McQuilliam) Talbott

’63, ’91, Hays, was named vice president of the Hays Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors.

Michael Artman

’74, Kansas City, Mo., was selected to oversee the pediatrics programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Wayne O. Aschwege ’77, Hays,

completed 30 years of service as an agricultural technician senior for the state of Kansas at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center. Nelson Krueger ’72, ’72, Lawrence, was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration for 50 years of safe piloting. Denis Miller ’73, Phillipsburg, was named chair of the FHSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Verlin Pfannenstiel ’71, Victoria, along with wife, Elaine, and son, Curt, received the 2014 Small Business Achievement Award from the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. Ron Rader ’78, Piedmont, retired after 34 years as a district conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service. Rebecca “Becky” (Meier) Sander

’75, Hays, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Healthcare Education Council.

Stafford, was named a “Terrific Trojan” of the week in February for Stafford USD 349.

1980s Janell (Juenemann) Antholz ’86,

Rexford, was named a 2013-2014 High School Honored Educator by the Northwest District of the Kansas Music Educators Association. Brian DeWitt ’89, Hays, was promoted to principal at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. Linda (Bunker) Ganstrom ’80, ’86, ’90, Hays, installed and co-curated an art exhibit with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Mark Griffin ’87, ’97, Hays, was named the recipient of FHSU’s President’s Distinguished Service Award for 2013. Susan (Schaffer) May ’88, Oberlin, was elected to the Women’s Leadership Committee of Farm Bureau. Leslie (Zeldin) Paige ’81, ’87,

Bison, was elected as secretary of the National Association of School Psychologists. Elaine (Zimmerman) Pfannenstiel ’88, Victoria, along

with her husband, Verlin, and son, Curt, received the 2014 Small Business Achievement Award by the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce.

1990s Richard J. “Rich” Baier ’91, Lincoln,

Neb., was named president and CEO of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Loretta (Peschka) Brittain ’93,

Great Bend, was hired as manager at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. Susan (Scanlon) Day ’95, WaKeeney, was hired to manage the office of Adams, Brown, Beran

& Ball. Nicole Frank ’97, Hays, is the

coordinator of adjunct support and engagement for FHSU Virtual College. Leslie “Andy” Stanton ’93, ’97, Hays, received the 2014 Citizen of the Year Award from the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce.

2000s Christie (Patterson) Brungardt ’01,

Hays, was featured in Ingram’s 50 Kansans You Should Know. Michael DeGrosky ’05, Lewiston,

Idaho, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on Nov. 12, 2013. Susan (Cooper) Dumler ’06, ’06, Hays, is a lecturer for the FHSU Department of Allied Health. Eric Richards ’02, Fort Collins, Colo., completed the Colorado professional engineering examination. He is also a project manager with Larsen Structural Design. Kathryn “Kathy” Wallert ’05, ’09,

Russell, assumed the vice presidency of the Options Board of Directors. She will also serve as the fund raising chair.

2010s Jason Ball ’13, Hays, was hired as a

loan officer at Golden Belt Bank.


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Dr. Clifford D. Edwards

Matthew Dixon and Katherine Coffman ’05, March 29, 2014.

BIRTHS 2000s Trevor ’07 and Erin ’08 (Niehaus) Giebler, Hays, a girl, Emma Grace,

Nov. 20, 2013. Eric ’02 and Haley ’02 (Baldwin) Richards, Fort Collins, Colo., a boy, Rory Baldwin, Sept. 23, 2013.

IN MEMORY 1930s Margaret (Reed) Schwein ’39,

Blue Springs, Mo., Dec. 15, 2013.


Leona (Landwehr) Schulte ’55,

’70, Victoria, March 23, 2014. M. Jane Seeman ’59, Vienna, Va.,

Feb. 23, 2014. Althea G. Tucker ’50, Salina,

March 24, 2014. Kenneth D. Unruh ’54, Cypress,

Texas, Jan. 27, 2014. Martha E. “Marty” Beckwith ’43,

Monett, Mo., Feb. 19, 2014. Loren A. Cole ’49, Burkburnett,

Texas, Feb. 19, 2014. Lorene A. Collins-Jones ’49,

Tehachapi, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013. Clial McDonald ’49, Sarasota, Fla., Jan. 9, 2014. Sibyl Andrea McKinley ’42, Mullinville, Dec. 6, 2013. Carl Eugene Stepp ’49, ’56, Smith Center, Jan. 25, 2014.

1950s John M. Chipman ’59, Appleton,

Wis., Dec. 17, 2013. Gilbert N. “Gil” Lietz ’52, Wichita,

Feb. 22, 2014. Dee B. “Doc” Mathews ’54,

Wichita, Dec. 11, 2013. Rosetta Ruth McFarland ’57,

Plainfield, Ind., Jan. 9, 2014. Greta M. (Strecker) Ream ’54,

Olathe, Dec. 26, 2013.



Dr. Clifford Edwards, former chair and professor in the Fort Hays State University Department of English, died April 10, 2014. He was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Atwood. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He and his wife, Neva ’75, ’78, had three children, Mark, Marilyn Engel ’86, ’90 and Cecily Hill ’92. Edwards received his B.A. from FHSU in 1958, and his M.A. and Ed.D. from the University of Michigan in 1959 and 1963, respectively. He was hired at FHSU in 1963, became department chair in 1983 and retired in June 1999. In 1964, he served as the first advisor for the FHSU Rodeo Club. Edwards created a Summer Master of Arts in English. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Danforth Fellow and received the FHSU Pilot Award in 1999. He served on numerous campus committees, was a member of several professional organizations and was active in the Civil Air Patrol. Edwards taught a complete range of English courses, wrote a book and numerous articles. Memorials are suggested to FHSU, designated for the Department of English, c/o the FHSU Foundation, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS, 785-628-5620. Donations can be made online at default.aspx.

Robert J. “Bob” Baalman ’60, ’61,

Quincy, Calif., March 16, 2014. Marvin L. Bennett ’68, Salina,

March 9, 2014. Nancy T. Clark ’62, Kansas City,

Mo., Feb. 8, 2014.

Emmalene “Em” (Hermreck) Rippe ’60, Oakdale, Calif.,

Dec. 12, 2013. Galen O. Siemers ’62, South

Fayette, Pa., Dec. 23, 2013.

1970s Martin Rolfs Massaglia ’77,

University Heights, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2014. Gerald Edward Offutt ’70, Utica, Dec. 8, 2013. John R. Rundle ’70, Wichita, Jan. 31, 2014.

Dr. Howard Reynolds Dr. Howard Reynolds, retired FHSU biology professor and curator, died April 10, 2014. He was born May 1, 1914, in Nebraska. He joined the FHSU faculty an assistant professor in September 1957 and retired in May 1982, holding professor status. He received a B.S. in 1939, an M.S. degree in 1942 and a Ph.D. in 1959, all from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Reynolds has a number of fossil plants named in his honor in recognition of his botanical discoveries and teaching career in botany. He was a veteran of World War II with service in the South Pacific and spoke several languages, including Russian, French, German and Spanish. He was also a pianist and dancer, including square dancing, and was a member of several civic groups. During his lifetime he visited 49 countries and collected thousands of plant specimens. In 2008, he received the excellence in botany award from the state of Kansas. Reynolds’ left his estate in support of the botanical collections at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and a future arboretum on one of his properties in southwest Hays. He donated his eyes to research. Memorials can be made to the Elam Bartholomew Herbarium Fund c/o the FHSU Foundation, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS, 785-628-5620. Donations can be made online at default.aspx.


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CHAPTER NOTES Coming to a golfing location near you! Interested in golfing with fellow Tigers, sharing stories from days gone by and, in general, having a good FHSU time? Then dust off your clubs and enter a tournament near you to compete in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start:

Tiger travel programs for 2014 No matter their age or where they live, Tigers everywhere are taking advantage of the Association’s Traveling Tiger program. Many new and exciting travel opportunities are available to members of the Tiger community in the coming year as the Association has partnered with not one but two high quality travel programs – GoNext Travel and Please Go Away™ Travel Program. If you or your family are interested in taking advantage of any of the following travel opportunities, contact GoNext Travel at 1-800-842-9023 or or Please Go Away at 1-800-362-9347 or Detailed trip information can be found at

GoNext Travel for 2014 Passage of Lewis & Clark Expedition – American Empress Steamboat (Clarkston to Portland): Aug. 2-10 Great Pacific Northwest – American Empress Steamboat: Aug. 9-17 Baltic Marvels – Oceania Cruises (Copenhagen to Stockholm): Aug. 13-21 Accent on the Adriatic – Oceania Cruises (Venice to Rome): Oct. 20-28

Please Go Away™ Travel Program for 2014 Portugal and Spain: June 11-24 Oktoberfest in Germany: Sept. 23-30 New England & Canada Cruise: Oct. 3-11 Hawaii Cruise: Nov. 18-Dec. 4

Aug. 1 – Northwest Kansas Tiger Golf Tournament, Scott City Aug. 2 – Harris Golf Tournament, Liberal Country Club Sept. 5 – KCAC Dub’s Dread in Kansas City Oct. 9 – Tiger Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays All tournaments are dedicated to raising scholarship funds for FHSU students. Not a golfer but interested in making a difference in an FHSU’s student’s life? Donations are welcomed in varying amounts and are tax deductible. Interested? Contact the FHSU Alumni Office at 1-888-351-3591. If golf is not your thing, plan to attend team trivia night on the second Tuesday of each month at Old Chicago and the social networking events the third Friday of each month at the Celtic Fox in Topeka. Join alumni and friends in the Topeka area June 7 to attend the Capital City Roller Derby at Skyway Roller Rink. The KCAC Chapter is hosting Tiger Day at KC T-Bones June 28 and Tiger Day at Sporting KC Aug. 16. Be sure to check our website often for additional fun-filled events –

Don't forget to take “Flat Victor” along with you and take photos of your vacation destinations! For a Victor E. cutout, go to the Features list at and take him wherever you go.

Alums and spouses enjoy a Please Go Away™ Vacations’ 17-day Panama Canal Cruise experience this past January aboard the Island Princess of Princess Cruises. The trip began in Los Angeles and ended in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From left to right: Eugene and Mary Jo ’94 (Ohnmacht) Maneth; Roger ’69, ’71 and Kay Hallenbeck; Byron and Sara Welch; Mildred (Peterson) Dundas ’61; Cathy (Whitley) Sandstrom ’64, ’83; Kay Dundas ’60, ’61 and Ron Sandstrom '64.


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Thank you alumni leaders The Alumni Association extends a special thank-you to alumni who served as chapter leaders this past year, including Lena Kisner ’00, ’01, ’02, Central Kansas Area Chapter, and Darcey Tenbrink ’88, Kansas City Area Chapter, and outgoing presidents LeaAnn Curtis ’76, ’82, Capital Area Chapter, and Megan Stolz ’99 and Terra Eck ’96, South Central Kansas Area Chapter. We greatly appreciate the time and effort spent organizing events in various areas and the help to host FHSU events. We extend a warm welcome to new chapter leaders who assumed leadership this spring: Larry Mostrom ’79, Capital Area Chapter; Tony Finlay ’97, serving as co-president for the Central Kansas Chapter; Kera Willer ’11, North Central Kansas Chapter; Lola Baalman ’96, ’00 and Sonya Gallagher ’02, serving as co-presidents for the Northwester Kansas Chapter; Eric Brown ’05, Smoky Valley Chapter; Jennifer Brantley ’93, South Central Kansas Chapter; Charity Horinek ’91, Southwest Kansas Chapter; Yvonda Acker ’03, ’06, Boothill Chapter; David Taylor ’86, Houston Area Chapter; Cassie Mock ’05, Tulsa Area Chapter; and Rod Lake ’80, Dallas Area Chapter. Interested in volunteering? Please get in touch with these individuals to volunteer to help plan and host events, assist with fundraising efforts and with communication. Go to and click on the Chapter Program link to get contact information.

Association unveils online enhancements The Alumni Association is excited to unveil a number of enhancements to our online membership program in an effort to better serve you. As you walk through the online form, you will now have the opportunity to select which level of membership you would like to purchase on the front page by selecting the radio button next to that level. For Silver-Annual memberships and Gold/Diamond-Installment memberships, you have the option of setting up auto-renewal for yearly payments – keeping your membership up-to-date at all times! You may also select to be notified via email that your credit card will be charged in a predetermined number of days for your renewal payment. Should you choose to purchase one of our lifetime membership levels (Gold, Diamond and Platinum), you can also set up automatic scheduled payments over the course of two years and you decide the frequency and payment amount based on your personal preference ($50 minimum payments required). The next enhancements are found in your user profile, which is accessed by completing the First Time Login process. If you haven’t already done so, please complete this process, which asks you to verify your information in our online database and create a username and password to use each time you sign into the website. Benefits of signing into the website prior to filling out an online form or registering for an event include the pre-population of your information into that form, saving typing. Additionally, changes to address or other contact information can be made directly onto the form and will automatically update the database. To keep track of your membership status, sign into the online community by clicking the “Login” link under the Quick links on the lower left-hand region of the homepage. Then click the “My Profile” link, the “My Activity” tab, and finally the “Membership History” tab. You will be able to see your current membership status and the record of any renewals or installment payments if they apply to your situation. Silver-Annual, Gold/Diamond-Installment and members who select auto-renew will now receive periodic reminder emails informing them about upcoming expirations/due dates/auto payments and providing details on how to renew or make an installment payment online. We invite you to help us go green by providing your email address and selecting either the “auto-renew” or “scheduled-payments” option depending on your membership level. Finally, did you know that if you wish to upgrade from one level to another, you receive a face-value discount from your current level towards the higher level? Pretty cool, huh? Contact our office for a special promo code that can be used on our online form to make the magic happen! Thank you for your continued support of the FHSU Alumni Association and the university! If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the membership program, we invite you to contact the Alumni Office toll-free at 888-351-3591 or by email at

No Tiger license? The Association is challenging all Tiger supporters living throughout Kansas to support the university by displaying the official FHSU Tiger state of Kansas license tag. Anyone who owns or leases a vehicle in Kansas is eligible to purchase a tag either through the Alumni Office or your local tag office. The $30 fee is payable to the FHSU Alumni Association and funds the Tiger Generational Scholarship for first and second generational FHSU students. To date, the Association has raised in excess of $80,489. The purchaser is also liable for a special plate issuance payable every five years to the county treasurer in addition to applicable yearly registration fees. For more information, go to www. or call 1-888-351-3591.

2014 Leadership Symposium Mark your calendars for the 2014 Leadership Symposium Saturday, Sept. 20. The day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. With the extended time, we will have more opportunities for networking with other chapter leaders, attending break-out sessions and reengaging with the FHSU community. After the symposium you’ll want to attend TailGreat and the FHSU vs. Lindenwood football game. Friday evening, the FHSU Alumni Association and the FHSU Foundation will host a reception where you will be able to visit with members both boards. Last, but not least, you also can meet FHSU‘s new president, Dr. Mirta Martin, who assumes the presidency on July 1.

Need information on these or other upcoming events? Call the FHSU Alumni Association at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591, or visit www. for any assistance you may need. 21

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HALF CENTURY CLUB Greetings Fort Hays State University alumni and friends On behalf of the Half Century Club, I urge you to mark Oct. 9-11, 2014, on your calendar for 2014 FHSU Homecoming. While you will receive more information from the Alumni Office, consider this your special invitation to attend Homecoming 2014. This is true for everyone; however, for those who graduated in 1964, this Homecoming will be a special event. Having graduated 50 years ago from Twilla Wanker ’57, the university, your 1964 class will be inducted President into the Half Century Club at the HCC Half Century Club Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 10. The social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon with the official induction ceremony thereafter. An exciting event for FHSU alumni attending the luncheon will be meeting and hearing the new FHSU president address the membership during the program. Another group, the 60-year class of 1954, will also be recognized. Pictures of the two classes will be taken afterward, so please plan to be available immediately after the luncheon to join in the class picture. While a portion of your generous annual contributions cover HCC operating expenses – those designated for the Appreciation Fund for mailings, certificates, etc. – the Half Century Club places major emphasis on providing scholarship funds for current FHSU students. For the 2013-14

academic year, the HCC awarded one $2,500 Dr. Edward Hammond Leadership Scholarship and seven $800 HCC scholarships to deserving students. We proudly proclaim FHSU has the lowest cost of attending a college or university in the state of Kansas; however, financial need remains for many students, so we continue to ask our membership to provide funds for scholarships. Please send your tax-deductible contribution, large or small, to the FHSU Alumni Association, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767. On the memo line please indicate the funds are to be used for the HCC Scholarship fund or HCC Appreciation fund. During the HCC Spring Reception, two members joined the HCC Executive Council to fill the expired term of Darrell McGinnis ’59, ’60 and the one left vacant by Gordon Zahradnik’s death in October 2013. We welcome Richard “Dick” Selensky ’56, Shawnee, and Dr. Wayne Staab ’63, Dammeron Valley, Utah. Other members of the HCC Executive Council are Dr. Marcia Bannister ’61,’62; Marilea Beougher ’56; Marvel Castor ’57, ’62; Alan Feist ’55, vice president; Joan Henry ’54; Leo Lake ’57, ’61, past president; and Twilla Wanker ’57, president. Staff members serving as ex-officio members are Debra Prideaux ’86,’92, FHSU Alumni Association executive director; Tim Chapman, FHSU Foundation president and CEO; and Jeani Billinger ’72, ’83, Alumni office manager and HCC secretary.

As part of its strategic plan for the future, the Alumni Association has been making great strides in meeting its goal to develop alumni chapters, not only in Kansas, but in other states. It is with excitement on the part of us Texas Tigers that an FHSU alumni chapter is in the progress of organizing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As an HCC member, participate in your local chapter, for the chapter program is vital to the growth of the Alumni Association. One of the privileges of serving as president of HCC is my appointment to the Alumni Board of Directors as HCC representative. At last year’s annual meeting in June, I discovered what a fascinating group of FHSU graduates serves in this capacity. Each member is loyal to the university, giving time and talent freely. During the year, committees conduct their business by conference calls. At the annual meeting, the committees meet again and the entire board takes action on the activities. President Hammond gave an informative presentation about the progress of FHSU and, on the last day, the board was transported by bus around the campus to see some of the changes on campus. It was an honor and privilege to be part of the group, and I look forward to the next ABOD gathering for the annual meeting in June. A final reminder to make this the best FHSU Homecoming ever by your attending the HCC Luncheon with a very special welcome to the Classes of 1964 and 1954. See you there!

SAVE THE DATE October 9-11, 2014


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Calendar 2014 June 2014

September 2014

7 Capital City Roller Derby, Skate-Away Roller Rink, Capital Area Alumni Chapter, Topeka

5 KC Dub’s Dread Golf Classic, Kansas City Area Alumni Chapter, Kansas City

7 -8 Alumni Board of Directors Annual Meeting, Robbins Center


26 Kiwanis BBQ Contest, Reno County Area Alumni Chapter, Hutchinson

Kansas State Fair Meet & Greet with incoming FHSU President, Reno County Area Alumni Chapter, Hutchinson

20 Alumni Leadership Training Symposium, Robbins Center

28 MIAA T-Bones Party, Kansas City

October 2014

August 2014

9 -11 Homecoming Weekend – “Once Upon a Time

1 Western Kansas Tiger Golf Classic, Scott City 2 Harris Golf Tournament, Liberal 16 Sporting Kansas City, Kansas City

in Tigerland”

9 Tiger Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, Smoky Hill Country Club 9 Tiger Alumni & Friends Social, Robbins Center 9 Tiger Bonfire & Pep Rally, outside Robbins Center

10 Homecoming Registration, Memorial Union

11 Class of 1954 Reunion Breakfast, Memorial Union

10 Campus Tour, Memorial Union

11 Class of 1964 Reunion Breakfast, Memorial Union

10 Gymnastics: Special Guided Athletics Facilities Tour, Gross Memorial Coliseum 10 Half Century Club Social, Luncheon & Induction, Memorial Union 10 Oktoberfest, Frontier Park 10 FHSU Tiger Alumni & Friends Tent, Frontier Park, South Main 10 Alumni & Friends Awards & Recognition Social and Banquet, Memorial Union 10 Alpha Gamma Delta 55th Anniversary Social, Thirsty’s Brew Pub & Grill 10 Gymnastics Reunion Reception, Memorial Union 11 Homecoming Registration, Memorial Union 11 5K Tiger Run/Walk, Robbins Center

11 Department of Allied Health Brunch, Memorial Union 11 Homecoming Parade, Downtown Hays 11 Department of Allied Health Open House, Cunningham Hall 11 Alpha Gamma Delta 55th Anniversary Reception, Memorial Union 11 Tiger Friends & Family Picnic, Lewis Field Stadium (east side) 11 Gymnastics Reunion Tailgate, Lewis Field Stadium (east side) 11 FHSU vs. Missouri Western State University Football Game, Lewis Field Stadium 11 Gymnastics Reunion Post-Game Social, Thirsty’s Brew Pub & Grill

Artwork by FHSU Art & Design Faculty

Bioassay by Gordon Sherman ’73, FHSU printmaking faculty. This is an intaglio, relief and chine colle’ print. The imagery deals with the testing of hormones and various other organisms on animals so our lives can be “better.”

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Harvest Time by Joel Dugan, FHSU painting faculty. Oil on canvas, 16 inches by 12 inches. This painting was exhibited in "Stroke," a group invitational show at the Grosse Point Art Center in November of 2013, and is currently on display in the Department of Art and Design Office, Rarick Hall. FHSU ceramics faculty, Linda Ganstrom ’80, ’86, ’90, the installation of Belles at Cottey College, Nevada, Mo., November 2013. Sculptures are created of porcelain with mixed-media elements including iron work and textiles.


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